Garnier - Ambre Solaire Ideal Bronze Tan Enhancing Sun Spray SPF30

Garnier Ambre Solaire Ideal Bronze Tan Enhancing Sun Spray SPF30

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • diisopropyl sebacate
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • glycerin
  • octocrylene
  • terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid
  • tocopherol
  • tyrosine
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

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"long-term sun-induced skin damage and premature skin-ageing Tested under dermatological control."
WIMJ summary

This product can help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).

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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, caprylyl glycol.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
9.8% - 12%
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
5.2% - 6.4%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
3.1% - 3.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin without creatng a greasy finish
2.2% - 2.7%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
2.4% - 2.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
1.5% - 1.8%
Uvinul T. A UV filter. Effective against UVB rays. It is photostable. Can increase water resistance properties of the sunscreen. Unfortunately, not approved by the FDA (US) yet
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
1.1% - 1.3%
0.75% - 1.1%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.65% - 0.95%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 0.85%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.55% - 0.85%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.5% - 0.75%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.45% - 0.7%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.4% - 0.65%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to stabilize product formulation, help create an even product layer over skin (for example, in sunscreen) and create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
Ecamsule, Mexoryl SX. A UV filter. Is effective mostly against the UVA rays. It is legally marketed in the US with the FDA approval since 2006, even though the ingredient is not on the official FDA list of the approved sunscreen active ingredients. It is photostable
0.45% - 0.7%
0.25% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Is a likely skin allergen and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.15%

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